Baird’s All-Weather Bond Funds

Consistent Results Through Two Decades of Changing Market Environments

As manager of Baird Funds' fixed income offerings, Baird Advisors takes an all-weather approach designed to control risk while adding incremental value through yield curve positioning, sector allocation, security selection and competitive execution.

This consistent discipline has provided strong relative performance for clients over the senior leaders’ nearly four decades of managing fixed income portfolios together. And that remains true as three of the teams' funds mark their 20th anniversary.

"What is most gratifying for us is that our time-tested approach has worked for both clients who were with us from the start and the many newer clients who have joined us along the way," said Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer and President of Baird Funds. "We could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication of our team who have consistently shown up to serve our clients day in and day out, across many different environments."

In addition to these three original funds, the team manages seven other all-weather bond funds. All have been managed by the same core team using a risk-controlled, duration-neutral approach – that holds up well during challenging market environments.

 Annualized Returns as of 9/30/2020
 Institutional Class
YTD 2020 1-Year  5-Year 10-Year Since Inception1
Baird Core Plus Bond Fund  7.25% 7.82% 5.01% 4.58% 5.95%
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Universal Bond Index 6.20% 6.68% 4.49% 3.92% 5.24%
Baird Aggregate Bond Fund 7.48% 7.80% 4.69% 4.44% 5.52%
Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Index 6.79% 6.98% 4.18% 3.64% 5.01%
Baird Intermediate Bond Fund 6.55% 6.98% 3.75% 3.51% 4.91%
Bloomberg Barclays Intermediate Govt/Credit Index 5.92% 6.32% 3.39% 2.91% 4.47%

Review Our Complete Bond Fund Lineup

 Annualized Returns as of 9/30/2020
 Institutional Class
YTD 2020 1-Year  5-Year 10-Year Since Inception1
Baird Short-Term Bond Fund 3.58% 4.26% 2.65% 2.34% 2.89%
Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Year Govt/Credit Index 3.12%  3.73% 2.09%  1.57%  2.49% 
Baird Ultra Short Bond Fund 1.47%  2.14% 1.87%  N/A  1.61%
Bloomberg Barclays Short-Term Gove/Corporate Index 1.26% 1.81% 1.54%  N/A  1.21%
Baird Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund - Institutional 2.61% 3.28% 2.49% N/A 2.52%
Bloomberg Barclays 1-5 Year Short Municipal Bond Index 2.49% 3.35% 1.93%  N/A 1.96%
Baird Core Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund - Institutional 3.69% 4.41% 3.89%  N/A 3.94% 
Bloomberg Barclays Quality Intermediate Municipal Bond Index 3.35%  4.19% 3.35%  N/A 3.44%
Baird Quality Intermediate Muni Bond Fund - Institutional 3.69% 4.30% 2.74%  2.74% 4.00%
Bloomberg Barclays Quality Intermediate Municipal Bond Index 3.58% 4.47%  3.06%  3.17% 4.05%
Baird Municipal Bond Fund - Institutional  7.06% N/A  N/A  N/A  8.34%
Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index 3.33% N/A  N/A  N/A 4.19%
Baird Strategic Municipal Bond Fund - Institutional  6.54% N/A  N/A  N/A 7.48%
Bloomberg Barclays 1-10 Year Municipal Blend Index 3.22% N/A  N/A  N/A 3.89%

Baird Advisors' Advantage

For more than 35 years, Baird Advisors core leadership team has worked together, placing them in a distinctive position within the industry to help clients meet their objectives. Their philosophy is built on timeless principles:

  • Competitive, risk-controlled returns
  • A skilled investment team comprising complementary backgrounds and diverse perspectives
  • High-quality, attractively priced products
  • An unwavering focus on investors’ needs

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of each fund carefully before investing. This and other information is found in the prospectus and summary prospectus. For a prospectus or summary prospectus, contact Baird directly at 866-442-2473 or contact your Financial Advisor.

Performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment in the fund will fluctuate so that an investor's shares when redeemed may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance data may be lower or higher than the data quoted.  For performance data to the most recent month end, contact Baird directly at 866-442-2473 or www.bairdassetmanagement.com/baird-funds.

Baird Core Aggregate Bond Fund Morningstar Rating as of 9/30/2020:
Overall: 5 stars out of 380 funds; 3 Year:  4 stars out of 380 funds; 5 Year:  4 stars out of 335 funds; 10 Year: 5 stars out of 225 funds
Morningstar Category: Intermediate Core Bond Funds

The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The Morningstar Rating does not include any adjustment for sales loads. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent 3-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.  © 2020 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information.

Expense Ratio for the Institutional Share Classes is 0.30%; for the Investor Share Classes is 0.55%.The Advisor has contractually agreed to waive management fees for the Baird Ultra Short Bond Fund in an amount equal to an annual rate of 0.15% of the average daily net assets for the Fund until April 30, 2021. The agreement may only be terminated prior to the end of this term by or with the consent of the Board of Directors of Baird Funds, Inc.

Returns shown include the reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains.

1The Baird Core Plus, Aggregate and Intermediate Bond Funds since inception returns are based on performance from Sept. 30, 2000 through Sept. 30, 2020; Baird Short-Term Bond Fund since inception return is based on performance from Aug. 31, 2004 through Sept. 30, 2020; and Baird Ultra Short Bond Fund since inception return is based on performance from Dec. 31, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2020.  The Baird Quality Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund since inception net return is based on performance from March 31, 20.01 through Sept. 30, 2020. The Baird Core Intermediate and Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund since inception net return is based on performance from August 31, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2020. The Baird Municipal Bond and Strategic Municipal Bond since inception net return is based on performance from Nov. 15, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020, and is not annualized.